My little sister showed up to visit me over her birthday this year, and I had absolutely no money to get her a gift. I decided to make her a kimbap card (one of my projects listed below) and these "magic chopsticks" (d:) since, at this time last year, she was visiting me in Korea. This is a one-time-use gift, but it provides some laughs and memories, which are very important on birthdays also.
Dig through the drawers in your kitchen to locate an extra pair of chopsticks (preferably still in their paper envelope, because they look nicer). Using a fine-tip sharpie, mark one of the chopsticks "yours" and one of them "mine". **APOLOGIES FOR THE TERRIBLE PHONE PIC**
Use the piece of colored paper you chose (I used tissue paper because it was bright and happy) and write the instructions. Mine said:
LIKE PULLING THE WISHBONE? Well these magic, wish-granting chopsticks work similarly. You and a friend each make a wish and pull on one chopstick. The one with more of the top attached wins!
**note: if I had more room, I'd change "wins" to "will see their wish come true" to make the instructions clearer.
Roll the piece of tissue around the tips of the chopsticks and slide them back into the envelope. TO WRAP: roll the chopsticks in tissue, secure with tape, and apply a picture from a free restaurant review magazine (most larger cities print these and leave them at the public library, coffee shops, etc) as a sticker.
I wrapped the chopsticks and her birthday card together in one, final package using a second sheet of orange tissue, held closed with tape, and with a really big image from the restaurant magazine to decorate it. I chose a noodle bowl to go along with the Asian theme of the whole gift. And there you have it: the mostly-free 17th birthday gift!